Global: Today we speak many languages and live in many
countries—with different cultures, ethnic traditions, national histories and
understandings of Christian faith and practice.
Connectional: Every United Methodist congregation is interconnected
throughout the denomination via a unique, interlocking chain of conferences.
The United Methodist Church practices representative democracy in its
governance. Conferences elect delegates who are authorized to act and
Inclusive: All persons are welcome to attend our churches
and receive Holy Communion, and are eligible to be baptized and
Grounded in Scripture: United Methodist trust free inquiry in matters of Christian
doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason.
Of paramount importance, however, is Scripture as the witness of God’s
creating, redeeming and sustaining relationship with God’s people.
Wesleyan: The United Methodist Church has a Wesleyan heritage, and as
such, places an emphasis on mind and heart (knowledge and vital piety) and
putting faith and love into practice (life).
Concerned about social justice: For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and its
predecessor bodies have expressed concern for God’s children everywhere — the
poor, the orphaned, the aging, the sick, the oppressed and the imprisoned.
Mission-oriented: Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of the world. In uncomplicated terms, this means we strive to
nurture followers of Christ who then reach out and teach others about the love
Ecumenical: United Methodists consider dialogue and missional
cooperation between United Methodists and other Christians as a valid witness
to the unity of the body of Christ.